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Daily News Round #2 for July 8, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for July 8, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Jul 8, 2004 6:05 am

- 4.7 Catalysts Released


Without fail, ATI have managed to stick with their monthly release of fresh Catalyst drivers supporting their Radeon products. Now up to 4.7, the new cats obviously bring several fixes and enhancements along with them such as the inclusion of "Temporal" anti-aliasing. "OpenGL and Direct 3D applications will benefit from this feature when custom settings for Anti-Aliasing are used, and Temporal Anti-Aliasing is enabled. The feature provides higher Anti-Aliasing quality when an application frame rate is 60 frames per second or higher". The new drivers are also said to bring notable performance gains for those with X800 based gfx cards.


As you can see in our latest content section, we've posted up our own article covering the new drivers which compares them to the previous 4.6's, surprisingly giving us negligible results, but a fresh driver set is always welcomed upon nonetheless.


You can read up on ATI's release notes here, and the drivers themselves can be obtained for Win2K here, and WinXP here folks.


As with most CATALYST™ releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed:


* Further improvements in our Vertex Shader handling bring performance improvements to applications that use stencil shadow volumes. For example, the Battle of Proxycon and Troll's Lair tests gain 10-30% on RADEON™ X800 PRO.
* Call of Duty framerates improve 5-10% when anti-aliasing is enabled on RADEON™ X800-series products.
* Aquamark performance is up slightly (2-3%) on RADEON™ X800-series products.


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